FinancialModeling: Integrity Department of Finance at the University of Illinois
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Professionalism and Academic Integrity

Professionalism requires decorum. While in class you will work on financial modeling. Students working on games, email, networking, or assignments for other classes will be asked to work elsewhere.

Professionalism requires collaboration. You are encouraged to help your colleagues succeed, but not by doing their work for them. I expect each student to develop his or her models independently. I encourage you to share insight, advice, and expertise but the sharing of files is absolutely prohibited. Copying, using, or linking to another’s model is considered cheating and will result in a grade of 0 for everyone involved. For further elaboration, consult the following Examples.


Although Justice Sandra Day O'Connor was speaking of the legal profession we can paraphrase her statement on Professionalism as:
"To me, the essence of professionalism is a commitment to develop one’s skills to the fullest and to apply [them] responsibly to the problems at hand. Professionalism requires adherence to the highest ethical standards of conduct and a willingness to subordinate narrow self-interest in pursuit of the more fundamental goal of public service. Because of the tremendous power they wield in our system, {bankers, financial advisors, and finaciers} must never forget that their duty to serve their clients fairly and skillfully takes priority over the personal accumulation of wealth. At the same time, {they} must temper bold advocacy for their clients with a sense of responsibility to the larger {finanical and economic} system which strives, however imperfectly, to provide {fair opportunity} for all."
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor © Copyright 2007 Department of Finance, University of Illinois